Toyoko Inn Atami Ekimae
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... we got to one where nearly everyone got off so we thought it was the stop but weren't sure. It wasn't very well signposted but then saw the platform signs to Gora. I knew that's where we were headed so we were on the right track. We were travelling with our bags which didn't help. I had planned to send our bags ahead from Tokyo to Kyoto but the hotel didn't answer my request in time. I had read about the baggage transfer to hotel service from ...
... chatting with us in Spanish. Great find!
After the brief meal the guide ushered us back on the bus for the 2 hour ride back to the boat, arriving at 5 PM, shortly before the ship is set to leave for a day on the China Sea before heading to Kobe, our next stop.
That’s a wrap for today.
During day 2, we ventured beyond the borders of Tokyo city and drove a few hours out of town to check out Mount Fuji.
Our first stop was at a strawberry farm where the students were allowed to fill up on some freshly grown strawberries that were just rip for the picking. The students certainly didn't hold back, loading up on a healthy amount of strawberry and even purchasing a few more strawberry-based treats for the rest of the trip and some to bring back ...
Its amazing just to walk around the lakes on the path which goes pretty much all around the lakes. You can hire out bikes and some hostels even offer them for free.
The observation point is a must, you can go up by the cable cars or go up the stairs. It took me 45 mins via the stairs, its a steep but doable hike. The views you get from the hike are better as ...
... to the cloudy weather the view from the top wasn't so special, but just walking along the rim of a vulcano is something well worth the trip. In the crater itself you could shoot bow & arrows, though due to the strong winds no one seemed to be tempted to try.
All in all it was a great weekend-plus-a-day. Back in Tokyo, I thought "I'm glad that I can sleep in my own bed tonight". Hah, my OWN bed. Well, that's definitely a first! ...